The Pitch

The Pitch

By Gimlet

Where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. The Pitch takes you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. While it offers a glimpse into the high-stakes world of venture capital, it’s really a show about human relationships: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio.

Episodes

#90 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic 2

COVID-19 has pushed many founders to attempt risky pivots with their business. Other founders are hoarding cash. And many of them are seeing VC money dry up. On today’s show, investors Sarah Downey and Phil Nadel advise four worried founders on how to keep their businesses afloat. The callers: Shannon Malkin Daniels, Encaptiv Krystin Hargrove, CoTripper Dan Brown, Up-Rite Storage Rack Chris Murphy, Brewella's
13/05/2031m 25s

#89 A Big Bet on an Ex-Trucker: Fleeting

For years, Pierre Laguerre worked as a truck driver. During those years he saw one of the biggest inefficiencies in the industry up-close: getting available drivers matched with trucks ready to get on the road. Barely a year after launch, his business, Fleeting, is growing fast. But he’ll have to convince the investors he has the technical savvy to make the company grow even faster. And he’ll need to tackle another problem: how to adapt to an industry transformed by COVID-19. Today’s investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot, and Charles Hudson.
06/05/2030m 13s

How I Saved My Startup: Copper Cow Coffee

Investors are giving founders everywhere an ultimatum: just find a way to survive the next few months. This had us concerned about the entrepreneurs who’ve been on this show. Debbie Wei Mullen pitched Copper Cow Coffee to our investors a few years ago, and in this episode Debbie tells the sequence of events that led to a few early, strategic decisions made in 2020 that set up her business to outlast the pandemic. Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
22/04/2039m 18s

#88 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic

In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has changed just about every business in the country. Investors everywhere are scrambling to help their startups survive the pandemic. On today’s show, investors Elizabeth Yin and Charles Hudson take calls from listeners. They advise founders on how to pivot to a remote-friendly model, how to survive the losses in the hospitality industry, and how to navigate the new fundraising landscape.  If your business is in crisis because of this pandemic, and you could use sound advice from our investors, call 833-748-2448 and leave us a voicemail.
15/04/2031m 40s

The Investors Are Standing By

We're opening up the phone lines this week to take your calls. This time the investors will be on the line, ready to give advice on how your business can survive this crisis. So if you're a business owner, struggling because of the pandemic, go to thepitch.show/help and tell us how it's affecting you.
30/03/201m 39s

#87 Uber for Pets: SpotOn

Last year, investors woke up to the fact that the biggest ridesharing companies still struggle to make money. But today’s founder, Aparna Srinivasan, thinks she can buck that trend by introducing pets into the equation. But our investors wonder if just being pet friendly is enough to bring in the big bones. And if it is, what’s to stop Uber from offering rides for pets too… putting SpotOn in a tight spot. Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
01/04/2034m 55s

#86 If the Suit Fits, Invest. Sene

Founder Ray Li says he can make you a custom suit, out of a quiz. And his company, Sene, is already making a profit. Ray wants to pursue the technology AND build up a cool brand but the investors wonder if Ray would be better off choosing one or the other. Today's investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson and David Goldberg. If you'd like to support Sene’s efforts to manufacture surgical masks, head to senestudio.com/pages/masks. And If you want business advice from our investors on what to do during this pandemic, go to thepitch.show/help
25/03/2031m 31s

#85 Will Coronavirus Kill This Deal? WYL

There’s a tried and true playbook in tech: get a ton of users, then figure out how to monetize them. Today’s founder, Ofo Ezeugwu, has plenty of users on his site, but the investors press Ofo about his plans to monetize. And then, complications arise when coronavirus enters the scene.  Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson. Also, don’t miss our exclusive episode, “Jillian Manus on the Coronavirus and Startups” available only on Spotify. Jillian has lots of timely advice for founders weathering rocky times.
11/03/2036m 42s

#84 The Napkin Pitch: Metapyxl

Tiffany Walling McGarity called in to the show and you, our listeners, voted her on to pitch the investors. But from the moment she stepped in the room, it was clear that this pitch would play out differently from the rest. On this episode, what a pitch sounds like when all you have are a few scratches on the back of the metaphorical napkin. Today's investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson and David Goldberg.
04/03/2032m 58s

#83 Can Small Bras Be a Big Market? Pepper

In VC, investors want to win big — that’s why they love highly scalable tech companies so much. But today’s founder, Jaclyn Fu, is selling actual things. Her startup, Pepper, makes real bras in a very real factory. There’s no tech except that you can buy her company’s stuff on the internet. So how do you convince investors that the opportunity is massive, when there’s nothing scalable about your startup? Today's investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson. Here is Elizabeth's Twitter thread about debt vs VC financing for startups.
19/02/2030m 17s

#82 A Deal Too Perfect to Pass Up: Virtual Gurus

This is how much of a go-getter Bobbie Racette is: when she got laid off, she started a business to help thousands of other people who were out of work. Now, she has so many customers, she can’t keep up. And Michael Hyatt, our most ruthless investor, was like putty in her hands. Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
12/02/2032m 10s

#81 Jillian to the Rescue: SnapShyft

During our last call-in show, Thor Wood wowed us with his 30-second elevator pitch for SnapShyft, a company that matches workers with open shifts at restaurants. Now Thor will have to convince a much tougher crowd, the investors. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt, Sarah Downey, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
29/01/2028m 17s

#80 Can This App Silence The Trolls? Goodtalk

Ben Trenda thinks he can stop the trolls on Twitter and other social spaces. He’s building Goodtalk, where famous people can have public one-on-one conversations without interruption. But if you strip away the bad, will you also lose the things that people really like about social? And if you don’t have enough people, your social network is worth nothing. Today's investors are Soraya Dorabi, Phil Nadel, Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, and Michael Hyatt.
22/01/2028m 23s

#79 The Anti-JUUL: Hava

“Move fast and break things” is a mantra for a lot of startup founders — but what if the federal government is slowing you down? That’s the situation that Josh Israel is in with his startup, Hava Health. Josh needs to wait for FDA approval before he can even think about making money on his new smoking cessation vape, a process that could take three years or more. But Josh has a plan to extinguish investor’s fears. Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.
08/01/2029m 16s

#78 Got Goals? Grab a Cru: The Cru

Tiffany Dufu has spent her career uplifting women and girls. Now, she’s turning a lifetime’s worth of expertise into a venture-backed business. Her startup, The Cru, is dedicated to helping women achieve their goals by connecting them to a network of other women. And while there’s no question that Tiffany has the right experience to pursue this mission, the question is whether the business can generate the returns investors are looking for. Today's investors are Jenny Fielding, Elizabeth Yin, David Goldberg, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.
13/11/1931m 27s

#77 Sell Online or Go Door to Door: Sun & Swell

Kate Flynn has a plan to make her healthy snack bites stand out: skip the grocery stores, and find potential customers when and where they need a snack. It’s a strategy that’s outside of the investors’ wheelhouse, but if she can get them to try something new, they might be in for a treat. Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.
06/11/1929m 50s

#76 Pitchline Bonanza

Back in September, we invited listeners to call in and give us their best elevator pitch for their startup. And the response was off the hook! In this episode we play our favorite calls — and choose one lucky winner to come pitch our investors. But there’s more ... we need your help to pick one more founder for the pitch room.
30/10/1938m 32s

The Final Chapter of StartUp

This week we’re bringing you the first episode of the final season of StartUp. The podcast began five years ago with a botched pitch to a big-time venture capitalist. And the end of the story is just as riveting. The final chapter of StartUp takes listeners all the way to the end of a startup’s journey, the exit. To show what an acquisition looks like from the inside.
23/10/1938m 21s

#75 “I Want Bro Money Too” Lab141

The 2.4 trillion dollar fashion industry is due for a makeover, according to Andrea Madho. She says her company, Lab141, will be the biggest change to the way clothes are made in over a century. But it’s a moonshot and she knows it, now the investors know it too and will have to decide whether or not they think Andrea can get it done.  Today's investors are Soraya Darabi, Phil Nadel, Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, and Michael Hyatt.
09/10/1934m 20s

#74 Stop Killing Your Plants: Rooted

Ryan Lee says he has a better way to buy plants, on his website, Rooted. To conquer the market, Ryan has a big, audacious plan, and this is his very first time pitching it to VCs. Find out if he can convince the investors that money really does grow on trees.  Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.
02/10/1931m 10s

#73 Enough Sales Calls Already! Vetd

For businesses, the process of buying software is brutal. Founder Andrew Hoagland launched his company to make it a breeze. In fact, he says that his startup Vetd has made it so easy that he can’t keep up with the demand he’s created … without the $2m he’s here to raise. Luckily for him, the investors get the problem. But he’ll have to convince them that his solution is the right one.  Today’s investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt and Charles Hudson.
25/09/1927m 28s

#72 How Niche Is Too Niche? Black Travel Box

Orion Brown is very early in her journey as an entrepreneur. In fact, this is her first pitch to venture capitalists! At this early stage, the investors are listening for something a bit different. They just want to know, is this a good idea in a large, untapped market? Find out if Orion can convince the investors that she’s got her finger on the next big thing.  Today's investors are Jenny Fielding, Elizabeth Yin, David Goldberg, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.
18/09/1928m 27s

#71 Raising Kids Is Hard. So Is Raising a Startup. Tot Squad

When founder Jen Saxton landed a partnership with a big name retailer in the baby industry, she thought her startup, Tot Squad, was on the way to startup stardom. But five years into the deal, things just weren’t working out. In fact, they were a disaster. But that’s a good thing if you ask her. Jen says a stronger company has risen out of the ashes of that fiasco and she’s here to convince the investors that her new plan is worth the price of admission.  Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.
11/09/1930m 57s

Introducing The Journal

From Gimlet and The Wall Street Journal comes The Journal. A podcast about money, business and power.
09/09/1916m 13s

#70 What Is Michael Phelps Jamming to Right Now? EarBuds

What if you could listen to the exact same music as your favorite celebrities, at exactly the same time? That’s the question that drove NFL lineman Jason Fox to build an app for that. An app called Earbuds. Now if Jason can just cash in enough star power to secure the bag.  Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.
04/09/1930m 31s

Prepare Your Elevator Pitch

We're opening up the phone lines to take your pitches on Wednesday, September 11. So if you're an entrepreneur who is raising money from venture capitalists, call-in and give us your pitch. You might even get a spot in front of our investors on the show! The number to call is 347-915-3123. We'll keep the phone line open from 1-4 p.m. East Coast time on Wednesday, September 11, and when you call, be ready to give us your 30-second elevator pitch.
28/08/191m 20s

When You Grow Too Fast: Boundless

A little over a year ago, Xiao Wang came on the show to pitch his startup, Boundless. He told investors that his company was going to help immigrants cut through all the bureaucracy and paperwork required to get legal status. Today, the stakes around immigration are even higher than they were a year ago, so we wanted to see how Boundless is faring in this new world.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
21/08/1933m 13s

#69 When Less Is Not More: Hyde Closet

Founder Rahul Jindal might be the king of bootstrapping. And when investors see similarities between his startup, Hyde Closet, and a billion dollar business known as Rent the Runway, they start dreaming of unicorns. Until a wrinkle in the plan, snaps them back to reality.  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
14/08/1931m 7s

#68 Dogs & Dating: A Match Made in Heaven? Dig

Back in May we asked entrepreneurs to call in and give us their best pitches. The winner was Leigh Isaacson and her startup Dig — a dating app for people who love dogs. In this episode, Leigh enters the pitch room and asks for $1.5 million to help get 1,000,000 new users on her app. Now Leigh just has to convince the investors that dogs and dating are a match made in Heaven.  Today’s investors are Soraya Darabi, Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.
07/08/1934m 25s

I’ve Looked Death in the Eye: Rex

When he came on the show two years ago, Amado Guloy said his startup would change the business of animal agriculture. And the investors bought it! But since then, Amado has found himself at a crossroads between his own health and the health of Rex.  Today's investors are Daniel Gulati, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
17/07/1937m 16s

Fighting the 24/7 Startup Grind: Hostfully

Back in 2018, Margot Schmorak pitched our investors on Hostfully. It’s a startup that ushers old-style vacation-rental companies into the digital age. Margot ginned up a lot of excitement in the room that day. But then, she had to put her fundraising on hold. A year later we’ll find out whether she was able to get the ball rolling again.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel and Nicole Verkindt.
26/06/1931m 16s

#67 Call-in Pitch Competition

Back in May, we invited listeners to call in and pitch us their startups. And you really delivered, giving us over 200 pitches! In this episode, we’ll play some of our favorite submissions — and then choose one lucky winner to come pitch our investors.
19/06/1938m 46s

#66 Does Anyone Really Want Your Product? User Interviews

Dennis Meng’s first company was a major flop. So he started another one that could’ve saved the first. It’s called User Interviews, and he needs $4 million to get it into the hands of big companies. Will investors buy into what he’s selling now?  Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.
05/06/1936m 44s

#65 Wait, Your App Does What Exactly? WeDo

Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to gather data on everything they do. All this is packed into a single pitch for his startup, WeDo. Can the investors dig through all the parts of his business in time to decide if they want to put their cold, hard cash behind it?  Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Sheel Mohnot and Alexandra Stanton.
15/05/1938m 7s

#64 Startup Sale! 80% Off: BlueFoot

Ramya Possett and Rachel Lee founded BlueFoot to make tracking the competition easy for massive companies. And they think that what they’ve created is so powerful, it demands a premium price tag. One that takes the investors completely by surprise.  Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.
08/05/1937m 44s

We're Taking Your Pitches

On Wednesday, May 8, we're opening up the phone lines to take your pitches. So if you have an early stage startup and are looking for funding, now's your chance to call in and make your pitch! The number to call is 347-915-3123. We'll keep the phone line open from 1-3 p.m. East Coast time on May 8, and when you call, be ready to give us your one-minute pitch.
01/05/191m 8s

A Name Change, A Game Change: Hykso

When Khalil Zahar and Tommy Duquette first pitched their boxing workout startup, Hykso, the investors saw a big opportunity. They wanted to know: Could Hykso be more like Peloton, an at-home cycling system that was starting to take off? Three years later, the company is trying to do just that — and it’s been a wild ride.  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Howie Diamond and Jake Chapman.
17/04/1949m 32s

#63 Can A Startup Solve Homelessness? Samaritan

Jonathan Kumar pitches his startup, Samaritan, which aims to help people who’ve lost their homes. But can he convince the investors it’s OK to earn a profit off of homelessness?  Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.
10/04/1933m 45s

#62 Pivot or Die: Feedback App

Ben Walters came on the show to sell the investors on Feedback, an app that lets restaurants change their prices on the fly. But when Ben shows up in the pitch room, he’s already decided that it’s time to make some changes to the business. Can he get the investors salivating over a startup that’s mid-pivot?  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Michael Hyatt and Sarah Downey.
03/04/1939m 32s

From Startup Novice to Veteran: Shift

After a stellar pitch on our show back in 2017 — one that got $100K in the first five minutes — founder Mike Slagh hit the ground running with his startup, Shift. In this episode, we catch up with him to find out if Shift, a job-placement service for military vets, has continued to dazzle investors. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, James Altucher and Daniel Gulati.
20/03/1935m 47s

#61 Can a Zebra Survive in a Unicorn World? Hearken

Jennifer Brandel of Hearken is pitching a new kind of business. She calls it a zebra: a company that’s driven by a mission — but still wants to make money. And Jennifer’s mission with Hearken is to help journalists do their jobs better. But can she and the investors get on the same page?  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Michael Hyatt, and Sarah Downey.
13/03/1938m 58s

#60 Is This the Amazon Prime of Airline Tickets? SkyHi

Rama Poola is here pitching his airline ticket business, SkyHi, where customers pay a monthly fee to access tickets on the cheap. But the investors are worried that it sounds a lot like MoviePass, a company that offered a subscription for unlimited movie tickets — and ran into a world of problems. Can Rama convince them that his model won’t break the bank?  Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
06/03/1933m 17s

#59 Disrupting Work Happy Hour: CultureForce

Ryan Husk wants to take your workplace culture up a notch. His startup, Culture Force, matches companies to “experiences” designed to improve community at work. He says it can be a huge business, but the investors want to know why it’s more than just a cool way to plan work parties.  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel and Michael Hyatt.
27/02/1932m 58s

#58 Park Your Pooch Here: DogSpot

Chelsea Brownridge wants to help dog owners keep their pooches safe when they’re out running errands together. Her startup, DogSpot, makes internet-connected dog houses, with features like webcams and A/C, and puts them in front of retail stores that don’t allow pets. Can Chelsea convince our investors that her dog houses are a must-have?  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel and Michael Hyatt.
20/02/1937m 26s

#57 Where Losers Go To Win: Thrive Fantasy

After losing his shirt on sports betting sites DraftKings and FanDuel, Adam Weinstein decided to flip the script on daily fantasy sports and give everyone a better shot at winning. He’s changing things up using prop bets instead of traditional fantasy teams. But the question remains: Is this a gamble investors are willing to take?  Today's investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
13/02/1932m 5s

‘It Was a Disaster’ Industrial Organic

After a failed pitch on our show back in 2017, Industrial Organic founder Amanda Weeks was ready for redemption. And she found it, to the tune of $4.2 million. Now she’s back — with a lot to say about how much she and her business have grown.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Howie Diamond, Jake Chapman and Sheel Mohnot.
06/02/1941m 31s

#56 Shark Tank vs. The Pitch: Monti Kids

Zahra Kassam has been on the road in a major way, pitching her startup, Monti Kids. A few months before our show, she pitched on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Today we find out: Did she win over any investors in her two very public pitches? And how do our investors compare to pitching the sharks?  Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
30/01/1945m 27s

#55 A New Spin on VR: Tribe XR

Tom Impallomeni is here to pitch Tribe XR, a VR app that teaches people to DJ. He’s got a vision for using virtual reality to teach creative skills — but the investors are skeptical. Can Tom convince them he’s putting the right spin on VR?  Today's investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
23/01/1939m 54s

#54 Is Selling in Walmart a Good Thing? Copper Cow Coffee

Debbie Wei Mullin is pitching her pour-over Vietnamese coffee startup, Copper Cow Coffee. The company is already doing well on Walmart’s shelves. But does she have what it takes to take the brand online?  Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
16/01/1938m 0s

After the Pitch: Is the ICO Gold Rush Over? (PopCom)

After a frustrating round of fundraising for her company PopCom, Dawn Dickson decided that VC was broken. She opted to take a different route: an initial coin offering, or ICO. But then her best-laid plans got all mucked up ... by Uncle Sam.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
09/01/1937m 40s

Welcome to The Pitch!

Introducing The Pitch from Gimlet. Where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. All episodes are available for free on Spotify. New episodes come out on Wednesdays. See you in The Pitch room!
07/09/181m 50s

Best of 2018

Josh sits down with the investors to ask about the most memorable pitches in 2018: the good, the bad, and everything in between. The pitches mentioned in this episode are #29 ShearShare, #32 Boundless, #35 Petit Pot, #39 Bluffworks, #41 Shipsi, #42 Bounce, #45 SVRF, #49 Blake’s Seed Based and #51 Cushion.
19/12/1825m 33s

Investors Get Feisty at Our Philly Pitch-off (#53)

This week, The Pitch is live from The Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia. Three of Philly’s most promising young startups take the stage in front of Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus and a packed house for a live pitch competition.
12/12/1841m 31s

After the Pitch: Sudden Coffee

Back in 2016, Sudden Coffee founders Joshua Zloof and Kalle Freese tried to sell the investors on their premium instant coffee. Two years later, we checked back in with Joshua and found that Sudden Coffee is still working out some kinks in the business: trying to find the right customers and nailing the flavor.  Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Howie Diamond and Jake Chapman.
05/12/1839m 2s

Introducing Without Fail

The Pitch brings you Without Fail, a new podcast from Gimlet Media where host Alex Blumberg asks people who have pursued incredible things: What worked? What didn’t? And why?
14/11/1839m 31s

Fitbit … for Dogs (#52, Waggit)

Susan Sierota wants to help dog owners keep their furry friends healthy with her pet-tech startup, Waggit. Can she convince the four investors that her smart collar will win best in show?  Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Jake Chapman, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
31/10/1829m 45s

This Bot Can Fight Your ATM Fees (#51, Cushion)

Founder Paul Kesserwani says we’re all losing way too much money to fees — credit card fees, bank fees, ATM fees. And he thinks his company, Cushion, has the answer: A friendly bot that will battle those fees for you. Can he convince investors that there’s major money to be made in the fee-fighting business?  Today's investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
24/10/1835m 0s

Ticket Scalpers, Beware! Blockchain Is Coming for You (#50, Bandwagon)

Why should you care about blockchain if you’re not a huge cryptocurrency nerd? Bandwagon founder Harold Hughes says it can help you score better seats to see your favorite team — and avoid the risk of walking up to the gate with a fake ticket. Can he convince investors his startup isn’t just a part of the blockchain bubble?  Today's investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
17/10/1834m 29s

Nuts Can Kill. Are Seeds the Answer? (#49, Blake's Seed Based)

Blake Sorensen has a deathly nut allergy — one that's led to some harrowing trips to the ER. But then he decided that enough was enough. So he started a company, Blake’s Seed Based, to make snacks safe for people like him. Will the investors get on board with his mission?  Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Jake Chapman, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
10/10/1835m 25s

Will This Space Startup Make It off the Ground? (#48, Atomos)

Atomos co-founders Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski want to build a nuclear-powered spacecraft for moving satellites around in orbit. Can they capitalize on all the new money flowing into the final frontier — or will their sci-fi ambitions be too much for investors to stomach?  Today's investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
10/10/1835m 21s

Can This Tiny Gadget Keep Kids in College? (#47, Fletch)

The college dropout rate is high, and schools are paying the price... to the tune of billions of dollars every year. Marquett Burton says his education startup can help solve the problem. Will the investors agree?  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, and Charles Hudson.
10/10/1832m 43s

Never Get Lost Again (#46, Somewear)

Somewear founder James Kubik thinks going off the grid shouldn’t have to mean going out of cell phone range. That’s why he created a device that turns smartphones into satellite communication hubs. Can he convince investors to join him on the trail?  Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Jake Chapman, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
19/09/1830m 4s

Whatever Happened to Virtual Reality? (#45, SVRF)

Sophia Dominguez is on the show pitching SVRF, an augmented reality/virtual reality startup. But it can be tough to get investors excited about VR, which has attracted tons of hype—without much payoff. Can Sophia convince investors that VR’s time has finally come?  Today's investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
12/09/1838m 36s

Is This Sports App the Next OpenTable? (#44, Playven)

Finnish entrepreneur Topias Soininen says his startup, Playven, will revolutionize the way people book tennis courts. But first, the investors have to figure out exactly what it is he’s pitching.  Today's investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
07/09/1834m 5s

Get This Party Startup in Here (#43, PartySlate)

Entrepreneur Julie Roth Novack says her party planning platform is exactly what event professionals have been missing. And it all hinges on a secret ingredient—something Julie calls "marketing gold". Now she just needs investors to fork over some gold of their own.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1828m 30s

How Much Do You Trust Your Barista? (#42, Bounce)

Cody Candee believes his company, Bounce, is the key to freeing us from the stuff we lug around all day. But can he convince investors that his temporary storage solution isn’t a liability disaster waiting to happen?  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1835m 57s

Can This Startup Help Retailers Take on Amazon? (#41, Shipsi)

Amazon is on track to grab nearly HALF of all online retail sales this year. But not if Chelsie Lee’s startup Shipsi has a say in the matter. She wants to give online retailers the ability to compete, by helping them offer super speedy shipping. But it might not be easy with the retail Goliath breathing down her neck.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1838m 25s

Three Startups Enter. Only One Will Leave. (#40)

At The Pitch’s first-ever live show, three startups face off: Honeyfi, a budgeting app for couples; CBlocks, a cryptocurrency starter kit; and OpenBottle, an app to help people try high-end wines. But can the investors agree on which company should take home the prize?
07/09/1852m 5s

Hacking VC: Josh interviews Arlan Hamilton

Josh sits down with Backstage Capital CEO Arlan Hamilton at the 2018 SXSW festival to discuss her unique path from tour manager to VC.
07/09/1836m 13s

Introducing We Came To Win

Today we bring you an episode of a new Gimlet show, We Came to Win.It’s a podcast that tells the stories behind the World Cup’s biggest moments and the tournament’s most legendary heroes. In this episode, host Nando Vila takes us back to 1989. At that time, the United States was a soccer desert, but it had just won a bid to host the 1994 men’s World Cup. But if the U.S. was going to prove it deserved that honor, it would need to get its team to qualify for the 1990 World Cup — and they hadn’t made it in nearly four decades. A coach named Bob Gansler and his gang of mulleted misfits were America's only hope. This is the story of their last-ditch attempt to put U.S. soccer on the map.
07/09/1839m 12s

This Pitch is Damn Near Perfect (#39, Bluffworks)

Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his compelling story enough to get investors to sign on? Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1844m 35s

A Beauty Industry Veteran Goes Rogue (#38, LOLI)

Tina Hedges believes the future of beauty is all-natural, organic products. But the investors aren’t sure what to make of her food-grade products for your face.  Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1831m 38s

Can Tech Solve America’s Drug Crisis? (#37, inRecovery)

Founder David Sarabia’s experience with drug addiction inspired him to build an app, called inRecovery. It’s meant to help people who are in rehab. But can he get the rehab centers on board?  Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1831m 42s

When Two Startups Love Each Other Very Much... (#36, Hostfully)

Margot Schmorak says half of all vacation rentals aren’t listed online—and she sees that as a big opportunity for her startup. But things get messy in the pitch room when Margot reveals that her company comes with a little extra baggage. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Nicole Verkindt. You'll find Margot's AMA hosted on the /r/Entrepreneur subreddit.
07/09/1833m 50s

The Proof Is in the Pudding (#35, Petit Pot)

Max Pouvreau has built gourmet pudding company Petit Pot with his Michelin star background and scrappy customer acquisition. Now he wants VC backing to take it to the next level—and potentially a big acquisition.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Daniel Gulati, and Michael Hyatt.
07/09/1832m 51s

Can Storytime Become Big Business? (#34, Caribu)

Max Tuchman is on a roll with Caribu, an app that lets parents and kids read together virtually. But can she convince investors that early success will lead to future returns? Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1832m 16s

What Is a Startup Actually Worth? (#33, Tire Agent)

Jared Kugel needs a million dollars to get Tire Agent up and running. But things get tense in the pitch room when investors start questioning the value of his company. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
07/09/1828m 43s

Is Immigration the Next Venture-Scale Business? (#32, Boundless)

The U.S. immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare. And it’s only getting worse. Founder Xiao Wang has a plan to solve that with his startup, Boundless. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
07/09/1832m 9s

Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail? (#31, PopCom)

When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that with her startup, PopCom.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
07/09/1834m 55s

Can This Founder Reclaim Cocktail Hour? (#30, Swig + Swallow)

Craft cocktails are all the rage—but they tend come with high price tags and long wait times. Swig + Swallow founder April Wachtel wants to bring the craft experience out of the bar and into your home.  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Nicole Verkindt.
07/09/1830m 39s

Has This Husband-and-Wife Team Stumbled Onto the Next Airbnb? (#29, ShearShare)

When Tye and Courtney Caldwell were having trouble renting space in their salon, they thought: why isn't there an app for this? So they created one. But can they convince investors that their skills will transfer from the barbershop to the boardroom?  Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Nicole Verkindt.
07/09/1840m 28s

Is This Entrepreneur Ready to Take On Facebook? (#28, 1 Second Everyday)

Facebook is the undisputed king of social networks. But Cesar Kuriyama thinks his app, 1 Second Everyday, could topple the giant. If he’s going to do that, he’ll need some serious cash. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
07/09/1834m 14s

Qleek Pt. II: What Happened After The Pitch (#27)

The surprising story of what happened to one startup after its founders pitched to investors—and thousands of listeners.
07/09/1826m 45s

Dynofit (#26)

Maria Schneider wants to take physical therapy out of the clinic and into the home with the help of a small device. But is her technology the answer patients and doctors have been waiting for? Today's investors are Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus and James Altucher.
07/09/1833m 56s

Rex (#25)

When scientist Amado Guloy saw an opportunity to combine farm animals and big data, he traded the laboratory for the boardroom and created Rex Animal Health. But can he convince investors he’s got what it takes to make it in the business world? Today's investors are Daniel Gulati, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1834m 47s

unGlue (#24)

The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue. Today's investors are Daniel Gulati, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1832m 29s

Jiobit (#23)

After John Renaldi lost track of his kid on a trip to downtown Chicago, he vowed never to be in that situation again. So he created Jiobit, a tiny geotracker for kids. Can he convince investors that his device stands out among a sea of competitors? Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Daniel Gulati and James Altucher.
07/09/1834m 51s

Lunar Wireless (#22)

Hunter Rosenblume is pitching Lunar Wireless, a company he co-founded as an answer to pricey cell phone plans. But getting investors to gamble on a 22-year-old who claims he can take on a decades-old industry is a hard sell. Is a healthy dose of FOMO enough to change their minds? Today's investors are Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Daniel Gulati.
07/09/1839m 10s

Metabrew (#21)

Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can they get investors buzzing about this plant-based substitute? Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson and Daniel Gulati.
07/09/1834m 22s

We Answer Your Questions

We opened up our phone lines and you delivered—with questions about entrepreneurship, pitching, and the show. Thanks to everyone who reached out!
07/09/1818m 25s

Harper Wilde (#20)

The founders of Harper Wilde want to take the B.S. out of bra shopping. That means convincing our investors that they’ve found a way to turn it from a major inconvenience into an easy at-home experience. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1841m 19s

SandBox Commerce (#19)

When Sterling Smith left his job as a software developer to start Sandbox Commerce, he knew he had the skills to build great mobile apps. But in a world where it seems everybody has an app, can he convince investors there’s really an opportunity here? Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and James Altucher.
07/09/1840m 57s

ROWViGOR (#18)

Co-founders Kevin Allen and Moses McCall think rowing is the next big trend in fitness. To cash in on their hunch, they need to convince investors they can make waves in a space already crowded with competitors. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and Charles Hudson.
07/09/1837m 16s

Investor Spotlight: Jillian Manus (#17)

You’re probably familiar with Jillian Manus the investor — but in this episode, we dig in a little deeper to understand how she became the VC force she is today.
07/09/1825m 7s

Qleek (#16)

After Ismail Salhi discovered his father’s old record collection gathering dust in the attic, he teamed up with Johanna Hartzheim to create Qleek. Together they hope to marry the nostalgia of vinyl with the convenience of digital music. But first they need investors to catch on to their tune. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and James Altucher.
07/09/1841m 10s

Shift (#15)

When Mike Slagh left the military, he wanted to find a job in tech, but he couldn’t get his foot in the door. And then he found out that he was one of approximately 300,000 service members who every year struggle to make the transition back into the workforce. So Mike decided to do something about it and started Shift.  Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and James Altucher. Our show is produced by Josh Muccio, Kareem Maddox, and Molly Donahue. We are edited by Devon Taylor. Our Theme Music is by Breakmaster Cylinder, with original music composed by The Muse Maker, Bobby Lord and Haley Shaw. We were mixed by Enoch Kim with help from Matt Boll. Lisa Muccio plans our recording events and thanks to Asthaa Chaturvedi for her reporting on this episode.
07/09/1839m 58s

Tushy (#14)

Miki Agrawal made headlines with the success of her first company Thinx—until she became the headline. Now she's ready for a comeback with Tushy, her new business built on making bidets mainstream in America. But first she has to convince investors she's learned from her past.  Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and James Altucher. Our show is produced by Josh Muccio, Molly Donahue, and Kareem Maddox. We are edited by Devon Taylor. Our theme music is by Breakmaster Cylinder, with original music composed by The Muse Maker, Bobby Lord, and Person B Productions. We were mixed by Enoch Kim with help from Matt Boll. Lisa Muccio plans our recording events and thanks to Asthaa Chaturvedi for her reporting on this episode.
07/09/1843m 46s

Meet the Investors (#13)

The entrepreneurs usually own the spotlight on our show. But venture capital is a two-way street. On today’s episode, we hear from the people who make deals happen: our investors. Who are they and how did they become the ones calling the shots?
07/09/1826m 20s

Introducing Uncivil

America’s divided. And it always has been. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two. In each episode, hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika ransack the official history of the Civil War… that boring, safety-first version you were taught in school. They’ll bring you untold stories of covert ops, mutiny, counterfeiting, and the 1860s version of drone warfare. And give you a better sense for how these forgotten struggles connect to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.In this first episode of Uncivil, The Raid, a group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher attempt the greatest covert operation of the Civil War.
07/09/1824m 56s

Teamable (#12)

Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’ll need to walk a razor’s edge between confidence and cockiness. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.
07/09/1840m 14s

Tesloop (#11)

Haydn Sonnad pitches his plan to revolutionize regional transit on the back of Tesla’s electric charging network. But there’s a catch: this entrepreneur has to run his company between English class and Algebra. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman and Howie Diamond. Extra: Haydn asks Elon Musk a question
07/09/1835m 38s

Sudden Coffee (#10)

Two entrepreneurs believe they have the secret to making premium instant coffee. Will their startup hold up to a taste test with investors?  Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman and Howie Diamond.
07/09/1835m 10s

Tuckrbox (#9)

Co-founders Meghan Carreau and Alex Payne are pitching their food delivery service built on noble ideals of making kids healthier and reducing headaches for parents. Can the founders convince investors that their startup will actually deliver on those promises? Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.
07/09/1837m 4s

Hykso (#8)

Could a little sensor designed to measure punches be the next big hit in a long line of fitness fads? The founders of Hykso think so. Now they just need to last a few rounds in the ring with our investors.  Today’s investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman and Howie Diamond.
07/09/1838m 19s

Shimmur (#7)

The social media landscape is a veritable graveyard of failed startups, but Matthew Peltier believes his company, Shimmur, is different. With a growing user base and a solid plan for revenue, he’s almost ready to go... all he needs now is a few hundred thousand dollars from investors. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman and Howie Diamond.
07/09/1839m 59s

Guru Games (#6)

Between classes, part-time jobs, and social lives, college students Evan Thomas and Troy Pettie have been moonlighting to build a business they hope will bring millennials back into casinos. Will our investors be willing to take a gamble on Guru Games? Today's investors are Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond, Phil Nadel and Jillian Manus.
07/09/1839m 6s

FITGuard (#5)

Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars behind his idea. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.
07/09/1839m 40s

Skylights (#4)

David Dicko is bringing virtual reality to the skies. It’s an ambitious plan, and he’s going to need $1.8 million to take off in a punishing market. Will the investors trust his team to succeed where so many others have failed? Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.
07/09/1839m 36s

Industrial Organic (#3)

Most of us stop thinking about our food scraps once we take the trash to the curb. Not so for Amanda Weeks, who started a food waste company designed to reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Now she just needs investors to get behind her plan to save the planet. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.
07/09/1833m 48s

iMirror (#2)

The hotel room hasn’t seen disruption since the addition of the television in the 1950s. Pieter Boekhoff wants to change that—by transforming what happens when we look in the mirror. But first, he has to convince investors that there's money to be made in hospitality. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.
07/09/1836m 7s

Babyscripts (#1)

Juan-Pablo Segura has built an app that he’s sure will revolutionize the way expectant mothers receive medical care. But first he needs to convince a panel of investors to bankroll his plan—to the tune of a million dollars. Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman and Howie Diamond.
07/09/1837m 59s
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